Why is a Tummy Tuck?A tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) is a surgical procedure in which excess fat and skin is reduced in the abdominal area. The results* of a tummy tuck are a flatter, smaller abdomen. With regular exercise and moderate diet, the results* of a tummy tuck can last many years.
How Does a Tummy Tuck Work?The tummy tuck is a corrective procedure for individuals with sagging skin and loose muscles. For this procedure, general anesthesia will be necessary. During the procedure, Dr. Rubinstein will make an incision across the lower stomach and lift the skin to tighten the abdominal muscles and get rid of excess skin and fat. The skin is then placed in its new location, excess skin and fat is taken away, and the remaining skin in sutured. The process typically takes no more than three hours. The result* is a smaller, tighter belly area with no excess skin.
What Can I Expect After a Tummy Tuck?Following a tummy tuck procedure, the incision will be bandaged, and a tube may be inserted to drain fluids. Most patients are observed overnight, though some patients can go home within a few hours of the surgery. You should arrange for transportation and extra household help for a few days* following the procedure. The immediate side effects can include swelling, bruising, and some discomfort. Dr. Rubinstein will prescribe medication to help with any discomfort a patient may experience. Dr. Rubinstein also offers pain pumps to help keep you comfortable for the first week* after surgery. Patients are encouraged to remain mobile following the procedure in order to promote circulation. Drains for excess fluid and support garments will be recommended to patients for the weeks* following the procedure. Depending on individual circumstances, patients feel completely recovered in anywhere from one to three months. We recommend that patients return to work two to four weeks* following the surgery depending on symptoms and recovery*. In a few months, patients report feeling “normal” and seeing full results* from their tummy tuck.
Who is a Strong Candidate for a Tummy Tuck?Tummy tucks are some of the most popular procedures performed by plastic surgeons today. Many individuals with excess skin and loose, sagging abdominal muscles would benefit* from this procedure. Women considering getting pregnant may be recommended to wait until after childbirth for the procedure.
How Much Does a Tummy Tuck Cost in Miami, FL?Tummy tucks can be a life-changing procedure, but the procedure is not considered medically necessary. Insurance will not provide coverage for cosmetic procedures, so Dr. Rubinstein developed a financing program for his patients.
Frequently Asked Questions
What qualifies you for a tummy tuck?
Patients who come in for a tummy tuck consultation typically experience a large amount of sagging, loose skin around the midsection. Ideal candidates for a tummy tuck are at a stable weight, do not smoke, and have realistic expectations for their tummy tuck results.
How many sizes do you lose with a tummy tuck?
We typically see women drop two to three dress sizes following their tummy tuck. It’s important to remember that a tummy tuck is not a substitution for a balanced diet and regular exercise, rather it’s a complement to a healthy lifestyle.
Does a tummy tuck remove fat?
While a tummy tuck may remove some fat in the abdominal area, we recommend getting liposuction in conjunction with your tummy tuck if you would like to remove all stubborn pockets of fat around the midsection. These two procedures are often performed together to produce optimal results.
How long do tummy tucks last?
With a balanced diet and regular exercise routine, the results of your tummy tuck procedure have the potential of lasting a lifetime. It’s important to keep in mind that excessive weight gain and pregnancy may disrupt the results of your tummy tuck.
Is it safe to have a baby after a tummy tuck?
Yes, it is absolutely safe to get pregnant and have a baby following your tummy tuck procedure. However, we do not recommend undergoing a tummy tuck if you plan on getting pregnant in the future, as the pregnancy will disrupt your long-term results.